S.Y.M.M. (an abbreviation for 'South Yorkshire Mass Murderer') is a song written by the Manic Street Preachers about the Hillsborough Disaster of 1989, in which 96 Liverpool F.C. fans died as a result of gross negligence. At the time of the disaster, and in the years following, much of British media blamed Liverpool fans for the disaster - including the major tabloid 'The Sun', which ran the headline 'The Truth' blaming Liverpool fans, as well as accusing the victims of committing further horrific outrages of human decency. In 2016, a full 27 years after the disaster, a second coroner's hearing returned a verdict of 'unlawful killing' for all 96 victims of the tragedy.
S.Y.M.M. is the band's piece through which they attempt to make sense of the horrific tragedy, and the ensuing cover-up. Released in 1998, the song garnered much criticism at the time of release, with Assistant Chief Constable Ian Daines of the South Yorkshire Police condemning the song as 'offensive' and 'in bad taste'. On the other hand, the song is largely respected by many people involved in the long-running Hillsborough Justice Campaign (a campaign the Manics had already familiarised themselves with, performing at the Hillsborough Justice Concert at Anfield around a year before S.Y.M.M.'s release).
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